Scientists Claim Discovery of Sperm Whales’ Communication System

VOA Learning English • voa
May 11, 2024 ~5 min

Extreme Weather Seems Nearly Everywhere

VOA Learning English • voa
May 10, 2024 ~4 min

AI system can predict the structures of life’s molecules with stunning accuracy – helping to solve one of biology’s biggest problems

The AI model can predict structures for a vast array of the proteins used by living organisms.

Richard Bayliss, Professor of Molecular Medicine, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Leeds • conversation
May 10, 2024 ~8 min

Algorithms help people see and correct their biases, study shows

People are better able to see and correct biases in algorithms’ decisions than in their own decisions, even when algorithms are trained on their decisions.

Carey K. Morewedge, Professor of Marketing and Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Boston University • conversation
May 10, 2024 ~7 min

A better way to control shape-shifting soft robots

A new algorithm learns to squish, bend, or stretch a robot’s entire body to accomplish diverse tasks like avoiding obstacles or retrieving items.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
May 10, 2024 ~7 min

Report: 2023 a Big Year for Renewable Energy

VOA Learning English • voa
May 9, 2024 ~4 min

New tech could lead to smaller, stronger wireless devices

A new class of synthetic materials could lead to wireless devices that are smaller, require less signal strength, and use less power.

Daniel Stolte • futurity
May 9, 2024 ~9 min

Did a weak magnetic field lead to life on Earth?

New evidence suggests a weak magnetic field millions of years ago may have fueled the proliferation of life on Earth.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
May 9, 2024 ~7 min

Section 702 foreign surveillance law lives on, but privacy fight continues

Privacy advocates lost out when Congress reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act without major reforms. But the renewal fight returns in 2 years.

Peter Swire, Professor of Law and Ethics, Georgia Institute of Technology • conversation
May 9, 2024 ~8 min

Call for safeguards to prevent unwanted ‘hauntings’ by AI chatbots of dead loved ones

Cambridge researchers lay out the need for design safety protocols that prevent the emerging “digital afterlife industry” causing social and psychological

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 9, 2024 ~7 min